NASCAR-CUP: Loudon II: Johnson - GM Top-10 interview

NASCAR-CUP: Loudon II: Johnson - GM Top-10 interview

Post by pr.. » Sun, 17 Sep 2006 03:58:18

BEHIND THE HAULER CHAT WITH JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO SS:

EVEN THE NASCAR RELEASE MENTIONS THAT JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS GOTTEN OFF TO
SLOW STARTS IN THE CHASE. OBVIOUSLY THIS YEAR, YOU'VE MADE PLANS TO
CHANGE THAT. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?
"I was just listening to Jeff (Gordon) a minute ago. He made a great
comment about the hardest thing he feels, is knowing when to change. The
summer months for us have been slow I think (because) there are some
tracks that aren't our best tracks. Technology changes a lot. I look at
our record over the last month and a half and I think in my heart I feel
like I've done a much better job this summer than the summer before. With
the changes we've made as a team and the way we're approaching things,
we've done a better job. We lost some points and we lost the points lead,
so we didn't do a great job, but I think we have done a better job. Eight
of the 10 races in the Chase are very good races for us. Loudon, at one
time, I could get around here. But now this is one of the two that I
don't think are my strongest tracks. I've won here twice before and
hopefully I can get that back going once again. Phoenix is the other
track that's a lot like here and we've been a little slower at. Looking
at the 10, I feel good about it. We've got great race tracks coming up.
One of the biggest changes we've made is the fact that we haven't changed
a lot. We know what we're doing. We've been here before. We know that
it's about these 10 races. We have an idea about how Tony (Stewart) was
able to win his championship last year and Kurt Busch the year before.
And we've just formulated our own strategy and we're ready to get to
work."

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